The First Christmas Card

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Love them or hate them, it’s time to send and receive Christmas cards. Which makes me wonder–how did this practice ever come about anyway? The postal service was not used by ordinary folks… Continue reading

Bacon’s Castle: America’s Oldest Brick Residence and the Ghosts that Haunt It

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What a difference a few decades can make. When colonists arrived at the site that would become Jamestown, Virginia, they encountered a pristine wilderness. By 1665, the colony would boast its own castle.… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Without the Pilgrims

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November moves along and it is time for tall black hats, turkey, and indigenous peoples in highly incorrect head dresses. In the United States we all know the drill: the Pilgrim Fathers of… Continue reading

The Year Of The STEM Candidate

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A total of 24 men and women with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics ran for Congress this year in the United States mid-term elections, of which an unparalleled seven women won… Continue reading

Whitehall: a Castle Built for a Trophy Bride

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Henry Flagler is an icon of late 19th and early 20th century Florida history. A county, a beach, streets, buildings, museums, businesses, bridges, and a college all bear his name. As a Gilded… Continue reading

The Hakima, Clot-Bey, and Women’s Health

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It may surprise you to know that a medical school for women opened in Cairo in 1832. Can you imagine such a thing in the United States or Great Britain at that time?… Continue reading

Biddy Mason, Real Estate Tycoon

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I often prowl around on elusive websites searching for women of character upon which to build my heroines. While I was searching for great ladies in the wild west who were not school… Continue reading

Vizcaya: Roaring 20’s Glamor and a Fabulous Party Barge on Biscayne Bay

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In Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood, not far from where Interstate 95 ends and US 1 begins its journey south connecting the Keys to the mainland, stands an Italianate castle and gardens with one… Continue reading

The Rise of Muhammad Ali Pasha

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Lately I’ve been envisioning stories set in 1840, with an interest in Egypt. When I began to survey the historical landscape I kept coming back to Egypt. In many ways the fate of… Continue reading

The Federation of Woman’s Exchanges

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I love it when history smacks you in the face unexpectedly when you turn the corner. I expected to glean some historical significance last week when I visited one of the oldest log… Continue reading